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Travel Journal, Day 2 (Part II): Paul’s & Jackie’s Wedding

πŸ’ Paul & Jackie ~ September 10, 2022 πŸ’

Paul and Jackie had a beautiful wedding last week. Family, friends, and former schoolmates met to celebrate with Paul and Jackie. There was plenty of food and alcohol with an open bar. And they also had a karaoke setup. Sara and Neveah sang Adele’s song “Easy On Me”. Sara enjoyed it.

The following morning, we had breakfast with Lisa before we left to return home to Connecticut.

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2022 · Beautiful Colors of Autumn · Festivals · Special Events

Watertown Fall Festival 2022

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Today was the Fall Festival in Watertown, Connecticut. A lot of vendors and food trucks were present to sell homemade goods, and introduce themselves and their businesses. The Military, Police Department, and Boys Scout looked for recruiting kids and young adults. But when you look for me at a festival, look no further than the Artsy and Crafty canopy tents. And I love to look at dresses. Unfortunately, at the fairs and festivals, the vendors never have them in my size, which can be frustrating at times. However, it was a beautiful sunny day. While Sara walked around with her friends, Kevin and I hung out with Lily’s mom. We had quite a conversation and didn’t even notice how fast the time flew by. Once the vendors packed their items, it was time to leave the park.

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A Visit At The Connecticut Renaissance Faire, Lebanon: Grand Opening Weekend In September 2022

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Connecticut Renaissance Fair 2022

Kevin, Sara, Lily, and I went to the Connecticut Renaissance Faire in Lebanon this morning. They have the three days Grand Opening & Market Weekend due to Labor Day. And we wanted to go there and check it out. It is a much smaller Faire than the one in Waxahachie, Texas. But it seems more family-oriented and people are much closer to one another. In other words, it’s a festival in a small-town neighborhood, where everyone knows each other. We were comfortable enough to let the girls go on their own adventure, while Kevin and I looked at each booth and tent. Sara and Lily got their faces painted by #facecandyjenna. Jenna has an account at https://www.tiktok.com/@facecandyjenna

We are planning to visit the Renaissance Faire in October, again. The All Hallows Weekend is on October 15 & 16, 2022. Halloween Knights will be in the after-hours on October 15, 2022. The girls can dress up in their Halloween Costumes and enjoy the festivities.

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2022 · Beautiful Colors of Autumn · Festivals · Special Events

Apple Picking At The Rogers Orchards In Southington, Connecticut 2022 πŸŽ

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Kevin, Sara, and I went to an orchard for apple picking today. We could pick Gala, Honey Crisp, and McIntosh apples. But first, we had to purchase a bag at the gate, before we could enter the orchard. Well, we’ve got over a dozen fresh-picked apples for $14. And we made sure we filled the back up to the rim. When I went over to the row of Gala apples, I picked the perfect apple: nicely red with a stem and a little leaf on it. Kevin mentioned: “This is the perfect teacher’s apple. Sara, you can bring this one to your new school teacher on Tuesday.” Sara replied: “That would be Ms. ***. She’s my math teacher.” We all began to laugh. Math is not Sara’s strong suit. After filling up the whole bag and munching on another apple, we made our way back to the car. Apple picking should be an annual family tradition in our house.

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2022 · Live In Concert · My Travel Journal · New Jersey · Special Events · USA

Lady Gaga – THE CHROMICA BALL Tour 2022 ~ MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, New Jersey ~ 08.11.2022

Kevin had Lady Gaga on his bucket list for some time. Earlier in the year, I found out that she will be on Tour. Boston was already sold out. So, I tried my luck with New York. And we’ve got tickets for the MetLife Stadium in New Jersey, where the New York Giants and New York Jets call their home. This was about six months ago.

Last night was the show. We also had Sara with us. And she was excited as soon as Lady Gaga came on stage. The whole stadium was vibrating from dancing and jumping fans. Lady Gaga performed several songs from each album. We all had a great time yesterday.

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Class of 2022 Watertown, Connecticut: Katelynn’s High School Graduation

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Class of 2022 at Watertown High School, Connecticut

I swear, driving Katelynn to her first day of kindergarten was just yesterday. And today, ‘Little Texas’ (Katelynn’s nickname from other high school students, because she’s petite and from big Texas) graduated from High School. Where went the last 13 years? Katelynn grew from a little girl into a grown-up woman. This weekend she spent her time loading her car. Tomorrow, Katelynn and Christian will be traveling back to Dallas, Texas. It is tough for Kevin and me to have empty nest syndrome. Sara will miss her older sister very much. Today, I had to drink a German Hefeweizen beer to stay sane. *sigh*

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2022 · Live In Concert · My Travel Journal · New York · Special Events · USA

Teddy Swims “Tough Love World Tour” @ Webster Hall, NYC ~ 04.29.2022

Last night, Kevin and I went to see Teddy Swims at Webster Hall in New York City. Teddy’s album Tough Love was released in January. And he is on a world tour right now. At this moment, Teddy is still in the beginning of his career. He plays at smaller venues or as a support act for much bigger bands. At an event with a smaller audience, we could stand much closer to the stage and get a better glimpse of Teddy Swims and his band β€’WildHeartβ€’.

In 2019, I found Teddy on YouTube while I was searching for Mario’s “Let Me Love You”. I clicked on Teddy’s cover version and listened to it. Since he did a good cover, I wanted to see if he has more to offer and found more covers: “A Thousand Miles” by Vanessa Carlton, “Mercy Mercy Me” by Marvin Gaye, “I Don’t Wanna Be You Anymore” by Billie Eilish, … just to name a few. I was hooked on his voice and style. When he released his own album, I had to see him live in concert.